Essay Symbolism of the Glass Menagerie

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Symbolism of The Glass Menagerie In Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie, there is an abundance of symbolism that can be identified through careful analysis of the play write. The story is based around the Wingfield family. The daughter in the story is the central point of most of the symbolism. Laura, the daughter, has a collection of glass figurines in which the title of the play was named after. Within the glass collection there is a glass unicorn which holds a lot of symbolism and meaning behind it. The fire escape is the simplest, but most intriguing piece of symbolism. The Glass Menagerie has many symbolic objects throughout the play which can be analyzed further in detail. The title of the play is representational …show more content…
Now Jim has bestowed Laura with some new and normal experiences, making her seem just like all the other girls. Experiencing normalcy, results in Laura feeling she cannot become normal without somehow being broken.
Finally, the fire escape landing that leads out of the Wingfield’s apartment has great meaning. The fire escape stands for the exact thing that is implied by its name, a way to get away. Just as a fire escape provided a way to get away from danger, likewise it symbolizes an escape from the frustration and dysfunctions that are brewing within the Wingfield apartment. Laura’s fall on the fire escape implies she will never be able to leave the mishaps that have happened in her life. In contrast her brother Tom, daydreams about when he will finally leave it all behind as he smokes on the escape landing.
Symbolism is a very important key component to literature and contributes to the interpretation and understanding of it. Symbolism can help reveal multiple aspects about the story that sometimes can’t be revealed simply through the text. It is through the glass collection the author conveys Laura’s personality throughout the story. The unicorn symbolizes how she becomes the normal person she was not at the begging of the story. Lastly, the fire escape landing signifies how she will never get the chance to leave the life that she and her brother would love to leave. In The Glass

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